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The PAPERWALKER Journal is the personal weblog of award-winning character designer Florian Satzinger in which he shares bits and pieces of his character design work, processes, visual development, inspirations and reference materials of current, past and future projects, such as 'Toby Skybuckle©' for France and Japan based Ankama Group LLC and 'DUCK AWESOME©' and 'John Starduck©' for Paperwalker Studios SHF. ©2018 by Florian Satzinger. World rights reserved. | 36,098,397 views | 45,308 subscribers



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Process bits

Cartoon duck with pencil.

Duck from Florian Satzinger on Vimeo.

Process break down

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

1970's Mouse House Restaurant Style

1975 Walt Disney Studio Commissary Restaurant Menu (Images via/by Random Neat Stuff/Matt Crandall)

Thursday, May 03, 2018

When I was a little duck ...

... I was used to having my art studio on the floor of my parents' living room, right under a giant glass bricks window. Best studio ever :-)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Piranha beak boy

Look who I met on my drawing desk, today. Rough sketch before the rough colour test

piranha bird boy from Florian Satzinger on Vimeo.

Look who I met on my drawing desk, today.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Jetsons: Why The Show Still Matters

'The Jetsons' were on air for only one season, but it is still a favoured reference for all things yesterday's future. Read the full article by Matt Novak HERE (Matt Novak, Smithsonian.com, SEP 2012)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

BG morphology pre-sketch, hijacking Spitzweg's 'The Butterfly Hunter'

'Eggscape', Florian Satzinger, 2017, hijacked painting. Carl Spitzweg's original from 1890

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Throwback Duck

PK (Phantomias), ca. 2011, visdev colour piece, © Disney.
Original prelimimary sketch, blue col-erase pencils on paper:

PK, ca. 2011, visdev colour piece, © Disney.

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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Throwback Thursday

Three pieces I consider 'personal classics' of mine, of sorts.

Another one I consider a personal classic of mine, of sorts.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hijacking references/inspirations: Adolf Fassbender

Rough preliminary sketch, 'Giant dragon running across Gapstow Bridge'; hijacked photograph: 'The White Night', by Adolf Fassbender, 1936.

This is the rough sketch I used for this, no clean-up, I just added lights and shading to the dragon a little to get a nice preview. Below: original art/photo by Adolf Fassbender, © Estate Adolf Fassbender, Fassbender Foundation. All rights reserved.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Magali Barbé's 'Strange Beasts'

Wow, food for thought.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Al Hirschfeld and Art Spiegelman

Theater Talk: Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, visits legendary Broadway caricaturist Al Hirschfeld in his studio 2001.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Category: The colours of the seventies

A lovely bit of Americana for the Brits of the 1970s. Thames Television's 'Wish you were here' presenter Jim Lloyd gives a little insight into the day to day workings of one of the world's most famous fast food chains 'McDonalds'. (via)

"This nine layer gastronomic indulgence is called a Big Mac."

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Late night critter

There are warm-ups and cool-downs. This is a cool-down one. It has been a long day today, good night everyone.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Now, you see him

I pushed visual development things a little with this one. The idea to create a custom version of the 1969 Pontiac Cirrus for John Starduck opened into something more.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Izzy Burton's "Via"

"A short animated film that tells the journey of life through the use of epic, beautiful environments and meaningful character animation. It shows how we should open our eyes to the good things that happen every day, to the experiences we share with the people we love, and the silver linings and the lessons to be learnt in even the lowest times." (Directed by Izzy Burton, Blue Zoo Animation Studio, London)

VIA from Blue Zoo on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Reference feast: Paleontology

Paleontology and character design

Animation design science

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lawrence Childwood

Brilliant CG work by François Boquet on my Lawrence Childwood design.
Here's a WIP screengrab by François Boquet:

Brilliant cg work by François Boquet on my Lawrence Childwood design.

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Saturday, January 06, 2018

Throwback Weekend Colours: Breakfast Menu From The Past

Late 1970's breakfast menu (via)

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Talk soon :-)